Flower export Colombia goes up to $1,500 million
In 2018 Colombia was the second largest flower exporter in the world. The export value of Colombian flowers was $1,500 million. In 2017, Colombia was good for a 16% share of the world’s total export value. The Colombian export value in 2017 was $1,400 million, or close to 250,000 tons of flowers. Compared to the year 2000, this value has more than doubled.
The vast majority of exports are shipped to the USA: 78%. The main export products (in value) are: rose (23.1%), followed by carnation (16.1%), chrysanthemum (13.3%) and alstroemeria (6.3%). The acreage needed for rose is bigger (a third) than the export value (a good fifth) might suggest. The production acreage amounts to 7,665 hectares, mostly around Bogotá (2/3) and Medellín (1/3).
Colombia, the second largest flower exporter in the world, is getting back on track after many years of conflict. However, the flower prices are under pressure. Augusto Solano, president of Asocolflores, wants to try and change the situation through an increased focus on demand. “A big promotional campaign, a collective effort of the entire flower sector, should lead to results.”